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Tuesday, 18 September 1973
Page: 1218

Mr Bourchier (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   Does the Government agree that ambulance services are vital and important in respect of the health of the Australian people.

(2)   If so, will he give consideration to allowing subscription to and fees for, ambulance services to be a deduction from income tax; if not, why not.

Mr Crean - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) The Government, through the Interim Committee of the National Hospitals and Health Services Commission, is examining the requirements for the delivery of health care to the community. Included in this examination is the provision of transport to and from health services. The Government does not wish to pre-empt any recommendation by. the Interim Committee of the National Hospitals and Health Services Commission relating to the provision of ambulance services.

New Legislation of the Australian Parliament' (Question No. 846)

Mr Lloyd (MURRAY, VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Media, upon notice:

(1)   Can the Minister say who are the principals of Reporter Newspaper Co. and Young Witness Pty Ltd., publishers and printers of 'New Legislation of the Australian Parliament'.

(2)   What arrangement has been made by the Government with these people in respect of material for the publication.

(3)   Does the Government provide financial, editorial or other assistance.

(4)   Does the Government or the publisher intend to include comment on legislation from Opposition spokesmen.

Mr Morrison (ST GEORGE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Science) - The Minister for the Media has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   I have been advised that the Reporter Newspaper Co. is registered in New South Wales in the name of Mr Auburn Charles Williams and that the registered office of that company is at 9 Apps Avenue, Turramurra. I understand that Mr Williams is the sole proprietor of that company and of the publication called 'New Legislation of the Australian Parliament'. {2) My information is that the publishers of that publication draw information from copies of Hansard which are available as a normal press facility. No special arrangements have been made by the Government.

(3)   No. According to the editorial in the issues it is published in an entirely private capacity, financed by subscriptions in Australia and from overseas, and by normal advertising support.

(4)   As it is published in an entirely independent capacity only the publisher can determine its content.

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